It was a regular Saturday afternoon and I get a call from Adamo Mariani. First thing he says: “Are you ready to do 2 amazing things with me?”
I, very intrigued with Adamo’s proposition, respond “yes!” having seen his Mtl blurb video instructing everyone and anyone to say yes to absolutely everything… Such great advice!
Adamo goes on to say, “You and I are going on a spiritual adventure – we’re climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in January 2017. And! We’re going to raise 30k for doing it to donate to the S.M.A foundation!”
For those who don’t know, S.M.A stands for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It is a rare neuromuscular disorder characterised by loss of motor neurons and progressive muscle wasting, leading to mobile impairment, and often to early death.
I, speechless for about 30 seconds, said to this guy, “Are you friggin insane?!” He told me all about his bucket list and how much he has always wanted to climb this Mountain. Me on the other hand… Not so much. Why? Spiders! Africa has the biggest spiders in the world!!! I’ve always wanted to stay far, far away! By the way, did you know Mount Kilimanjaro is the 4th highest mountain in the world? Or that it is 3/4 quarters of the height of Everest!? I’ve seen too many documentaries about mountain climbing and I always thought those people to be crazy! Why would I ever want to climb a mountain and risk losing a limb or even my life. No way!
Then I thought about Sammy.
Sammy is his cousin, battling S.M.A since birth. He is now 16 years old. Sammy struggles daily just to get through his day to day. He is such a strong and courageous person. I realized that I am fortunate enough to even be physically capable to consider going.
I thought about all the families that have been affected by S. M. A. And the lives they lead. It is such a horrible illness and it is heartbreaking to see so many people suffering from it.
I knew I could not pass up this opportunity. I shouldn’t even dare to think of passing it up. How dare I take what I’ve been given in my life for granted.
So did I said yes right after this reflection? Nope. But I did give him a HUGE maybe!
I wanted to see how serious he was about this. Also, we would need to get in shape!
Apparently, it is easier to climb a mountain with less muscle mass, but I don’t believe him. Either way, I suggested we start small with a test hike up Mount Royal. I wanted to see where his head was at. 4 hours later, we were at the cross looking over the city. I saw how determined he was in seeing this through to the end.
I realized that this would not only be for a great cause, but it would be a life changing experience. For me, it is the exact opposite of checking an item off a bucket list. I need to do this to get out of my comfort zone and to challenge myself. An 8 day challenge for me vs. a lifetime challenge for Sammy? It’s a no brainer!
Do I know Sammy very well? Not really. I’ve only met him a few times at the S.M.A fundraisers.
Does that matter? Not at all. You don’t need to know someone very well to realize how hard their life must be and to appreciate their struggle. More importantly, you don’t need to know them at all to want to help.
Sammy is now 16 years old now – this is amazing. This would not have been possible without the funds that have been raised progressively throughout the years through this foundation. This is why I truly believe in the cause. Every little bit helps. Every contribution matters.
So there it is…
Mount Kilimanjaro, you’re mine to conquer and you will serve an important purpose to bettering countless peoples’ lives. I’ll meet you at the top.
Please donate and see how far your generosity will go!
Otterbox. The name is synonymous with protection. Everyone knows that if you want to protect your phone then you get an Otterbox. We all recognize and trust that yellow and black packaging when we see it on peg-walls. There is an Otterbox for everyone, no matter the environment your device will encounter.
Otterbox Series include – Defender, Commuter, Symmetry and Strada – with over 24 individual tests done on each case, and over 238 hours of testing overall, you know you can trust Otterbox with their patented Certified Drop+ Protection. We are not going to get into the details of each of these Drop Protection military tested series – that could take a long time. Rather, this blog is about what Cesium has to offer from this premium trusted brand.
When a new device comes to the market the first thing we ask is “does Otterbox make a case for it?” Over the years we’ve seen OtterBox shift from only supporting flagship phones, like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy line-up, to supporting ‘tier 2’ devices such as the HTC 10 and OnePlus devices, and more recently some ‘tier 3’ devices based on demand. If OtterBox makes a case for a phone that’s on the Canadian market, then you can be sure Cesium will be carrying it in our portfolio.
In conjunction with the release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Cesium has brought in EVERY series of case available, in EVERY color. Cesium currently has 55+ Otterbox SKUs available as part of our portfolio. This is a first for us, and it is a trend we intend to continue. We pride ourselves on our high stock rating – demand for Otterbox is always high, so we make sure to always have you covered!
At the end of the day it is about delivering value and protection to your customers, but it is also about making sure we can offer you more than just a “bulky black case.” OtterBox produces their cases in a full array of colours and patterns for you to choose from. There is an OtterBox for everyone. Want something slim and pink? Choose a Symmetry with a clear back and pink border. Need ultimate protection and a built-in screen protector? Check out the Defender series. You want that in Camo or Blue? We have that too!
We encourage you and your customers to experience more than just plain colours. Pick from the rainbow and make it interesting for your end-users. Need help deciding? Ask your account manager for a planogram and or suggestions based on sales numbers.
The next time you need to order OtterBox make sure you check out Cesium’s selection first. We have the various series, models and colours for the devices that are supported. We work very closely with our friends at OtterBox to make sure we have the stock and selection that’s in demand. Our local representative at OtterBox is located in Toronto and is always available with a quick text or phone call. OtterBox has the protection. Cesium has the selection.
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We are very proud to announce that Cesium has again made the Profit 500 list as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, ranking 262nd overall. The list was officially published a few days ago by the
Profit 500 group.
This marks the 4th consecutive year, and 8th time overall that Cesium has earned this achievement. We thank our hard working and dedicated nation-wide team, as well as our valued customers and business partners alike for contributing to this success.
Un grand merci à vous chers clients de nous supporter en faisant affaires avec nous!
Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que Cesium a de nouveau fait la liste candienne des Leaders de la Croissance/Profit 500, en se classant au 262e rang. La liste a été officiellement publiée il y a quelques jours par le groupe Profit 500.
Cela marque notre 4ème année consécutive, et la 8e fois au total que Cesium gagne cette récompense .
Nous remercions le dur labeur de notre équipe à l’échelle nationale , ainsi que nos clients et partenaires d’affaires pour leur contribution à ce succès! .
“Gotta catch ‘em all!” That’s Pokemon Go’s tagline for their new addictive and interactive game that is available for Android and iOS. This past summer we’ve seen a surge of all sorts of people playing the game. The game uses augmented reality, which is a way of overlaying digital information on top of real world surroundings. You see the full picture by looking through the camera on your smart phone. As well, the game uses your phone’s GPS to tag your surrounding and gets you to move around in the real world. This results in a lot of physical movement, interaction with other players and crowds of people gathered at local park and hotspots (seriously, go search on YouTube).
The only downside: your phone’s battery will take a serious hit on power consumption. GPS alone uses a lot. So does your camera. Augmented reality uses twice as much. The game also needs your screen on to play. Again, screen power uses a lot of power. So what’s the solution? Plug in? Ok, but there isn’t always a plug-in around when you’re out walking around. How about a car charger? Well, not everyone will be near a vehicle or have one. The most economical and easiest solution is a portable power pack to carry with you!
There are so many choices when it comes to portable power, but MiPow takes it to the next level and really makes sure you have everything you need. Designs are sleek, modern and beautiful.
There are basically three choices when it comes to MiPow portable power: small (single full charge), medium (single full charge, plus some) and large (multiple full charges). But they’re also all very convenient to carry and use. Depending on your phone’s battery, and how you carry around things, there’s a MiPow for everyone. MiPow is also very strict on quality control. That’s why ALL MiPow products that have an iOS connector (lightning plug) are MFi certified by Apple.
On the small end MiPow has their Power Tube 3000 series. These are just a little longer than a tube of chap-stick, but will contain a full one-time charge for your phone’s battery (3,000mAh). On top of that, the Power Tube comes WITH the cable needed to plug into your phone. Ie: no more carrying around a separate power cable. The finish on the outside is a soft-touch plastic and there are LED lights to give you an indication of power level remaining. You can also use the MiPow app and Bluetooth pair with the Power Tube to track it’s location, power level and also use it as a Bluetooth dongle! The price is attractive at $59.99 for the iOS version and $49.95 for the micro USB version.
On the medium side MiPow has their Power Cube 5000 series. These are sleek and fit perfectly into a back pocket. As usual, they come with the connector to charge your phone and LED indicator lights. The Power Cube series provides a full charge and a half, for most phones (5,000mAH). Pricing is $79.95 (MSRP) for the iOS version.
Finally, on the large side MiPow has their Power Cube 9000 series. These are the ultimate solution for the hardcore Pokemon Go player and traveler. These will provide 2 or maybe 3 full charges, depending on your phone’s battery size (9,000mAH). In my case, with my Samsung Galaxy S7, I get 3 full charges! This model of MiPow is wrapped in a beautiful aluminum body and has LED lights to indicate the power level. And yes, connectors are present (as with all MiPows) so you don’t have to carry extra cables with you. There is even an extra USB port so a second person can charge their phone! Output level of the power is also at the highest (2.4 amps) so you get a fast charge out of the Power Cube. You can also charge a tablet with this model. Pricing is $84.95 (MSRP) for the iOS version.
All MiPow portable power batteries have a smart fuse and safety controls put in place. They help regulate the temperature of the internal lithium-ion battery and protect the user from short circuits. In short: they are safe devices and MiPow takes it seriously. MiPow also manufacturers their own batteries. No third party.
So there you go! You have your portable power, so get out there and catch ‘em all!
A phone was just a phone, today we can say that a smart phone is equivalent to having a computer in your pocket. With the increased capacity and computing power of today’s smart phones, it only makes sense that the gaming industry is looking at mobile devices as the next generation of gaming consoles. People are on-the-go more than ever before, and they want to take their gaming with them.
Here is a chart showing revenue growth, and projected revenue growth, of the mobile gaming market.
Source: NewZoo Games Research via Mad Catz
Between 2013 and projected 2016, the Mobile Gaming industry is expected to almost double in revenue growth. The average mobile gamer, in North America, spends $3.87 per month on gaming.
Year-over-year growth, in North America, is 38%. Games can cost between $1.00 and $10.00. It all depends on the developer and the type of game.
There are basically two different types of mobile games.
- Free, with pay-to-play features.
- Paid for games that may or may not have additional pay for play features.
In the end it comes back to the developer of these games to make sure the player stays playing and spending money. The game has to give off a feeling of “instant gratification”. If the player spends money, they have to feel as though they’re progressing in the game. If not, the player loses interest.
The solution: Mad Catz Mobile Gaming Controllers.
Quite simply, these are gaming controllers that you pair up to your phone or tablet, via Bluetooth, so you can take advantage of the full-screen experience and enjoy your game more.
With all these potential players, and what they’re already spending, they’re not going to be afraid to spend a bit more on a controller that will help them advance in their game and enhance the overall experience. The retail cost associated with a Mad Catz controller is really a “drop in the bucket” compared to how much these gamers are already spending on buying the game and then using the pay-to-play feature.
Mad Catz is all about the mobile gaming experience. They’ve been developing products for all consoles and handheld gaming systems, since the days of the original Nintendo Entertainment System and GameBoy.
They sell their products under the Mad Catz, Tritton and Saitek brand names. Categories include headsets, gaming mice, gaming keyboard, specialty controllers and control pads. Mad Catz is headquartered in San Diego, California with sales offices worldwide, including the UK, China and Korea. have an absolute global presence. Gamers worldwide recognize Mad Catz products for their quality and value.
At Mobile World Congress this year, Mad Catz announced the details of their DFS (Designed For Samsung) Program. These controllers include the acclaimed Micro C.T.R.LR mobile gamepad and S.U.R.F.R wireless media and game controller. Quite simply, they’ve designed these controllers and gamepads to work even better with Samsung phones. Mad Catz displays a “Designed for Samsung” logo on the packaging, that will alert the customer about the seamless compatibility, similar to how the C.T.R.L.i gamepad packaging has the MFi logos on them, for Apple devices. It’s all about communicating to the customer, and letting them know “hey, this product is for you and your phone.”
For all Mad Catz gamepads, there is a choice between the regular sized gamepad or the micro version, both use Bluetooth to connect to your device. You can choose between black or white.
For the Android, C.T.R.L.R version, battery life can be up to 40 hours on the micro gamepad and up to 30 hours on the regular sized gamepad, via Bluetooth. There is also a “mode” button on the bottom of the controllers so you can pair them up to your PC, Mac or even other gaming consoles. You can also use this switch to turn on “mouse mode”, with a pointer on screen or “PC mode.” Each controller gives you a traditional gamepad experience with physical action and shoulder buttons, D-Pad and analog stick. An adjustable clip is also included in the box, so the game can “mount” on the user’s phone above the controller, allowing for a very immersive experience.
With the C.T.R.L.i – Apple version, you get exactly the same experience, except the controllers are MFi certified (Made for i-devices) by Apple; this means that they’ve been tested and given Apple’s “seal of approval”. Consumers will also notice that the C.T.R.L.i gamepads also have coloured X, Y, A, B buttons.
Cesium also carries the R.A.T.5 gaming mouse built for both PC and Mac. You can quickly and easily customize the functions of this mouse through the use of programmable buttons. Features include: length adjustment and a custom weight system. You can add or subtract up to five 6-gram weights into the mouse. The mouse tracks at 5600 DPI (dots per inch), making it one of the most precise mice on the market. There is also a thumb scroll wheel, along with the traditional left and right click buttons. Free software is easily downloadable if you want to create a customized profile for your game.
The S.T.R.I.K.E.M keyboard is a wireless Bluetooth keyboard. Compatible with Mac, Android, iOS, OS X and Window. It comes with a supplied travel pouch and tablet stand. The LED backlighting adds for a cool effect and is adjustable. The internal battery is rechargeable and can last up to 18 hours.
Mad Catz bridges the gap between gamers and mobile gaming to allow the user to unleash their full potential and fully enjoy the gaming experience. With the growth of the gaming industry, it is time to get on board and be part of this new and exciting evolution and market segment!
For a full list of compatible games, with Mad Catz controllers and gamepads, please go to:
If you’re like me, or most people, you probably own a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone and probably a couple of other gadgets that constantly need to be plugged in and powered. Yes, these devices probably make your lifestyle easier (or in some cases crazier!) but, have you ever considered the “mess” that’s left behind with all those cords that you need to run tangled together? That’s where BlueLounge can help you with simple solutions to everyday problems.
BlueLounge is known for designing clever, simple, products to simplify your digital lifestyle. They’ve won numerous awards for their designs, including the Red Dot Design Award (Germany), iF International Forum Design Awards (Germany), Good Design Awards (Japan), Green Good Design Awards (United States) and Spark Design & Architecture Awards (United States). Found in 1999, and with design houses around the globe (Jakarta, Indonesia and Pasadena California), BlueLounge has made it their mission to simplify your digital lifestyle through innovation and style.
CableBox and CableBox Mini:
A great example of this would be your desk area. Look beside or under your working space. See that unsightly power-bar with all the cables sticking out everywhere? Yes…we all have one of those… So why not clean up the area? Make it a little nicer to look at and also safer for those around. BlueLounge can help with their CableBox. It’s as simple as it sounds. The CableBox (and CableBox mini) are the best solution for hiding surge protector and power bars, and the cable clutter that comes with them. It’s made from flame-retardant plastic; it is simple to use and looks great. Just drop your surge/power bar inside and place the lid on top. There are slots on both ends to allow your cables to run and also allow ventilation. The larger CableBox does not include a surge/power bar, but the CableBox mini DOES include a 4-socket surge protector.
This is a before and after of my office desk using the BlueLounge CableBox.
So, now that we’ve cleaned up your power/surge bar area, let’s take a look at another area of your desk. Cables all over the desk running from one end to the next. Or maybe they’re on the floor because you dropped them…or have no way to properly get them to stay on your desk. That’s where the BlueLounge CableDrop and CableDrop mini can help. The CableDrop and CableDrop mini are clips that hold cables in place from slipping off of desks, walls, nightstands or anywhere you need to have them ready to use. Each unit is peel-in-stick using a semi-permanent 3M adhesive.
CableDrop & CableDrop mini:
Now, how about your laptop bag? You know that long power cable you have to carry for your laptop? The one with the huge brick attached to it? It’s tough to carry around, let alone organize and pack properly. That’s where the BlueLounge CableClip can help. The CableClip is a simple cable wrap that helps keep charging peripheral cables neatly bundled for packing into drawers, bags or anywhere else you need cable management. It’s available in small, medium and large and grey, green or orange colours.
CableClip. Before and after:
Check out the whole BlueLounge collection for effortless solutions: http://www.cesiumonline.com/brands/bluelounge
REVIEW: Ballistic Jewel Mirage and Urbanite Select
Did you just buy yourself a beautiful Rose Gold iPhone or a new Samsung Galaxy S7 device? Are you dreading covering it up in a bulky rugged case just to protect it? You can now show off its unique design all the while still protecting it, with the new Jewel Mirage and Urbanite Select cases from Ballistic. These two case line-ups definitely add to the design and flare of your already beautiful phone, for the perfect protective performing case. This is why Ballistic firmly believes in: “Perfecting Protection.”
Ballistic already hit a home run with their original Jewel case, available in a wide array of colours. This case offers 6-sided protection in a simple 1-piece design that is easy to put on and take off. Ballistic has now taken the Jewel to the next level with the Jewel Mirage series. The Jewel Mirage Series features a unique laser etched design. You can choose from Gold or Silver base colours, with either a Kasbah or Retro graphics design. The laser etching design is coated to prevent chipping and everyday wear and tear. The corners are raised, as with all Ballistic cases, to help absorb impacts. This is due to Ballistic’s patented “Ballistic Corners” technology. This case features Ballistic’s signature 6-foot drop protection, slim design and raised lips to help round out this case to ensure that it is the perfect match for any minimalist that wants protection for their device without sacrificing style. If you need a clear case, with tested drop protection (that isn’t bulky) and want to add some style to your device, then the Jewel Mirage series is the perfect choice!
The second new line-up Ballistic has launched is the Urbanite Select series. Ballistic took their popular Urbanite series to the “organic level” and added a thin layer of ash wood to these cases. It’s coated to allow flexibility while still protecting your device. You can choose from Dark or White Ash Wood colours. If wood isn’t your thing, then check out the Buffalo Leather option. Again, a thin layer was added to the back of the case, adding grip, a unique look and some style. As with the Jewel series, you can expect the usual 6-foot tested drop protection, 6-sides of protection and raised lips. These cases are still very easy to put on and take off, and will slip into and out of any pocket with ease. If you want to add some style and an “organic” look to your device, then the Ballistic Urbanite series is the one for you!
All Ballistic models come with a Lifetime Warranty that can easily be claimed by following this link: https://www.goballisticcase.com/support/warranty-claim-request/